Oscars 2019: Rami Malek wins best actor for 'Bohemian Rhapsody'

Last Updated: Mon, Feb 25, 2019 11:50 hrs

[USA], Feb 25 (ANI): The Oscar for an actor in the leading role went to Rami Malek for his portrayal of Queen frontman Freddie Mercury in the film 'Bohemian Rhapsody.'

Taking to the stage, Malek said, "I may not have been the obvious choice, but I guess it worked out."

"The fact that I'm celebrating him and this story with you tonight is proof that we're longing for stories like this," Malek said.

The actor beat Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, Viggo Mortensen and William Dafoe for the coveted award.

Malek is just the second actor of Arab descent nominated for an Oscar, after "Lawrence of Arabia" star Omar Sharif. Malek is the first to win, reported CNN.

During his acceptance speech, the actor went on to add, "I am the son of immigrants from Egypt, a first-generation American. And part of my story is being written right now. And I could not be more grateful to each and every one of you, and everyone who believed in me for this moment. It's something I will treasure for the rest of my life."."

The makers of 'Bohemian Rhapsody' too took to their official Twitter account and posted, "A huge congratulations to @ItsRamiMalek on taking home the Oscar for Best Actor. So well deserved! #Oscars."

In his speech, the did not mention the film’s director, Bryan Singer, who was fired from the 'Bohemian Rhapsody' set for allegations of sexual misconduct, revealed The Hollywood Reporter. (ANI)